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Communicative English of Divergence

What’s and whys of Communicative English Development of communicative skills requires competence in five areas:     

Listening Understanding Speaking Reading Writing

In order to become an effective user of English, the learner has to work on each of these skills to gradually build up confidence which stems out of repetitive and improved usage. The Communicative method is employed to accomplish this in a relative shorter period of time, as opposed to years of study of the language. The emphasis is more on colloquial usage for everyday situations and effective communication of ideas, feelings or information without relying heavily on grammatical and literary considerations. Communicative methods rely on interaction as the main platform for skill development. Mastering communicative skills can be compared to building a house. The basic requirements are vocabulary and understanding of grammatical usage. Words are the building bricks and grammar is the cementing factor that holds the words together. Building up a minimal vocabulary and the correct usage in simple sentences is the first steps. Further competence in developing correct pronunciation, using idioms and phrases, metaphors and similar and other higher nuances in literature can be compared to interior decoration and furnishing of the housethe more the competence acquired, the sophisticated the final structure will be. Short term communicative English courses concentrate on equipping the student with a basic vocabulary and understanding of grammar which will make them proficient in dealing with real life situations, especially in the workplace. How do we proceed with Communicative English? Situational exercises in the four areas of skill development are used to create a preliminary understanding and practical usage of English. The exercises are held at five levels:     

Introductory exercise: Developing the ability to describe oneself or others Conversational exercises: Holding simple conversations with others Directive exercises: Instructing or directing others to perform tasks Narrative exercises: Describing events, concepts or situations Creative exercises: Applying ones imaginative and artistic skills effectively in English

As expression is a direct measure of confidence, these simple exercises concentrate on developing the practical application of the five communicative skills in as short a time as


possible. The key to competence is repetition; the more the learner practices the language, the more expertise and confidence he/ she gains. Introductory exercise: The first lesson in learning any language, including English, lies in identifying oneself and one’s immediate antecedents.. Conversational exercise: The students are encouraged to form small groups and hold conversations with simple questions and answers. Directive exercise: An extension of the above exercise, this lesson will enable the learner in making a listener achieve a goal. It involves giving instructions in simple sentences and a clear manner about undertaking a particular task or series of tasks. For example "Please shut the door and sit down." "Can you please look at your watch and tell me the time?" "Please answer the telephone". Narrative exercise: The learners are encouraged to express their views on situations, happenings or ideas. This exercise is meant to push them into exploring their vocabulary and its appropriate usage. Creative exercise: This exercise is meant to bring out the full potential of the learner in terms of his/ her command over language. The capacity of the student to process, organize and express in English is thus accomplished. Communicative English is a global communicative medium, the knowledge of which opens doors to enhanced career opportunities. The ability to express oneself in English gives an added advantage to prospective employees and entrepreneurs. In a world which is increasingly more networked and technologically advanced, a good grasp of English is becoming increasingly imperative. A plethora of employment sectors, especially health, hospitality, tourism and education, require employees and entrepreneurs conversant with English. Primary and secondary schooling provides most with the opportunity to assimilate at least a very basic knowledge of English but as in the case of all languages it is the continued and enhanced usage of English which equips a person with the expertise which is required in practical situations. The role of Communicative English is to provide for such basic experience and confidence to develop good communication skills by multi-sensorial and multi-modal learning through non-conversational, conversational and theatrical exercises.

Communicative English of Divergence  

In order to become an effective user of English, the learner has to work on each of these skills to gradually build up confidence which stem...

Communicative English of Divergence  

In order to become an effective user of English, the learner has to work on each of these skills to gradually build up confidence which stem...

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